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Kangaroo genes close to humans; came from China
Canberra (ANTARA News/Reuters) - Australia`s kangaroos are genetically similar
to humans and may have first evolved in China, Australian researchers said on
Scientists said they had for the first time mapped the genetic code of the
Australian marsupials and found much of it was similar to the genome for
humans, the government-backed Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics said.
"There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that,
but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order," centre
Director Jenny Graves told reporters in Melbourne.
"We thought they`d be completely scrambled, but they`re not. There is great
chunks of the human genome which is sitting right there in the kangaroo
genome," Graves said, according to AAP.
Humans and kangaroos last shared an ancestor at least 150 million years ago,
the researchers found, while mice and humans diverged from one another only 70
million years ago.
Kangaroos first evolved in China, but migrated across the Americas to Australia
and Antarctica, they said.
"Kangaroos are hugely informative about what we were like 150 million years
ago," Graves sa